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BALM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does balm mean? 

BALM (noun)
  The noun BALM has 2 senses:

1. any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing
2. semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation

  Familiarity information: BALM used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BALM (noun)


Sense 1balm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("balm" is a kind of...):

balsam (any of various fragrant oleoresins used in medicines and perfumes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "balm"):

balm of Gilead (a fragrant oleoresin)


Sense 2balm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

ointment; salve; unguent; balm; unction

Hypernyms ("balm" is a kind of...):

curative; cure; remedy; therapeutic (a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain)

Meronyms (substance of "balm"):

lanolin; wool fat; wool grease (a yellow viscous animal oil extracted from wool; a mixture of fatty acids and esters; used in some ointments and cosmetics)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "balm"):

arnica (an ointment used in treating bruises)

zinc ointment (an ointment containing zinc that is used to treat certain skin diseases)

mercurial ointment (an ointment containing mercury)

mentholated salve (a salve containing menthol)

lip balm (a balm applied to the lips)

chrism; chrisom; holy oil; sacramental oil (a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam)

cerate (a hard medicated paste made of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin)

carron oil (an ointment formerly used to treat burns)

balsam (an ointment containing a fragrant resin)

baby oil (an ointment for babies)


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